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Over 12 years the American photographer Robin Schwartz has depicted her daughter, Amelia, apparently at ease with a series of often wild animals

'I was once complaining because I had zebra hair all over me,’ 15-year-old Amelia Forman says. ‘My friends looked at me and said, “Wow, you have such great problems to complain about.” ’

Being photographed with exotic animals is all in a day’s work for Amelia, who since the age of three has been posing feeding a tiger cub or being lifted up on the trunk of an elephant for photographs taken by her mother, Robin Schwartz. Amelia and the Animals is the resulting project, spanning more than a decade of Amelia’s life, and featuring photographs of Amelia interacting with animals normally seen only in zoos or on television.

The first image in the book is of a three-year-old Amelia with Ricky, a young chimpanzee. ‘It’s weird how memory works,’ Amelia tells me from her home in New Jersey when we speak over Skype (she has just got back from an Eminem concert and is wearing a concert T-shirt). ‘I remember my mum talking to Ricky’s owner beforehand but I don’t remember the actual shoot. It’s something that’s happened all my life, so it’s hard to pinpoint the first memory of it.’
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Responses to " Photographer Mom Captures Daughter’s Love For Animals (12 Photos)"

  1. charming photos - what a beautiful body of work!

  2. Great photos

  3. Just love the photos - thanks!

  4. I love all the photos! It is such a shame that more children can not have this eexperience.The one photo of you with the bat was so beautiful!!

  5. What a beautiful child and a mesmerizing photo series! I had trouble pulling my eyes away from this soulful and magical photo grouping. Amelia is growing into such a beautiful young lady and she is privileged to be able to commune with animals like that. What a blessing!

  6. absolutely beautiful

  7. This girl has a gift!

  8. Your daughter has a unique gift...ethereal photography with a mountain of heart and soul. brilliant!

  9. Donna Monir says:

    Beautiful photos. Obviously Amelia has a special gift for communicating with animals. She is blessed.

  10. Stunning Photo's of Your Little Free Spirit, Her Love and Respect for Animals Shows That She is Simply A Ray of Beautiful Sunshine Created by A Beautiful Free-Spirited Mother - Many Blessings of Peace, Love & Light to You and Your Family (((HUGS))) Thank You for Sharing

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